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Mold of a heron or phoenix

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Carved in fine white limestone, this plaque carved in sunk relief served as a mold. The image represents a squatting heron, known by the Egyptians as a benu bird. The benu, associated with rebirth, was the origin of the mythical phoenix.

Provenance

From Giza. 1925: excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Egypt.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Egyptian, Late Period, Dynasty 25–30, 760–332 B.C.

Findspot

Giza, Egypt

Dimensions

Overall: 13.2 x 15.3 x 3 cm (5 3/16 x 6 x 1 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

27.1441

Medium or Technique

Limestone

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tools & equipment, Molds